Our approach to learning phonics in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is by using a multi sensory approach called Jolly Phonics. This is where the pupils are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes. We then move through KS1 (Key Stage 1) using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics.
Letters and Sounds provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.
For children who struggle to make progress in reading using the Letters and Sounds systematic phonics approach, we teach applied phonics where the children learn to apply their phonic knowledge to the reading of books. As with any new learning, children will become confident much more quickly when given opportunities to apply what they have learnt as soon as possible and in as many varied, creative and fun ways as possible.
Throughout KS1, pupils are also provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression with their reading. We use the popular and well- established Oxford Reading Tree scheme alongside the Accelerated Reader programme REN Learn. This involves the children taking online quizzes which creates further enjoyment for 21st century children.
There are a number of resources available that would support the teaching of phonics in school: